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November 01, 2016

October Snapshots

I am trying out a new series of posts based on the month of the year.  Here in San Francisco, we have a bitterly cold July and August when the marine layer, or fog, rolls in from the ocean.  September warms up quickly and October is our second spring.  Below are snapshots from October 2016.


Noe Valley entry garden.



New lawn in St. Francis Woods.



Asters, or Symphyotrichum.  I've got to learn this new name.


With my true friend, Olivia at the Digging Dog Nursery.


English borders in the Marina.


September 30, 2016

Bulbs for Spring 2017

Here's some of the bulbs and tubers I ordered for next year.   If you like iries, your must check out Schreiner's Iris Gardens.







September 14, 2016

San Francisco Botanical Garden

A perfect sunny September day in the California garden at the San Francisco Botanical Garden.  This beautiful dry garden is in fall glory.  


Summer dormant Aesculus californica

Devil's Mountain Nursery

Here's some nice plants I saw while shopping at Devil's Mountain Nursery in San Ramon.  It's only open to the trade.


Aster ericoides 'Monte Cassino'

August 04, 2016

Sissinghurst and Great Dixter

Second day we drove to Sissinghurst Castle, home of Vita Sackville-West.   The day was completely overcast and intermittent showers.   Great light for taking photographs.

June 29, 2016

Marina's English Border in June Glory

A typical back yard of a San Francisco residence is rectangular about 25 feet wide by 50 so feet deep. This turned out to be an interesting project. One I enjoyed and pleased the client.




June 15, 2016

June Snapshots

Snapshots of my gardens in June 2016.


Glen Park


Santolina virens


Phacelia tanacetifolia


Potrero Entry Garden

May 18, 2016

May Snapshots

Snapshots of my San Francisco gardens in May 2016.


Oylara in custom built containers for roof deck.





Potrero entry garden




Mike in Bolinas.


Poppy and Sweet Pea.




Peach leaf Campanula in the white form from Western Hills Nursery.



Glen Park




Noe Valley entry garden




Eureka Valley entry garden



Ceanothus × pallidus 'Marie Simon'



Aster novae-angliae 'Skyscraper'




May 01, 2016

Tour 1/5 - Gabrielle Cameron Alamo Heights Garden


Gabrielle's Garden, 11am-1125am:

This Alamo Square treasure is a contemporary vertical garden created by Gabrielle Cameron in back of a classic SF Victorian. The garden consists of a large collection of epiphytes and bromeliads. Visually decadent while providing a sanctuary for the owners in the heart of the city. "Quiet, handsome and exotic."







Tour 2/5 - Dino's Garden and Hell Strip

Dino's Garden, 1140am-1210am:

When we asked Dean Oullette how he would describe his garden he replied, "A Bay Area version of California Cottage; toss Sunset Magazine and go hiking in the country. This garden is an ongoing experiment in how to artfully nourish a sense of wonder while integrating multiple uses in a small space."




Tour 3/5 - Ted Kipping's Collection Garden

Garden 3, 1230pm-1pm: 257 Joost Ave

Ted Kipping's collection of some of the most fabulous and unusual plants. The garden started it's life as a simple city lot, how it has been transformed will blow your mind. He describes his garden as a "rocky outcrop in a cloud forest."





Tour 4/5 - Mike's Bernal Heights Garden

Mike's Garden, 120am-150pm:

I created and maintain this garden, a quintessential Bernal Heights cottage garden with mixed borders including historic zen botanicals used for alter displays along with big dose of English garden inspiration: roses, viburnums, clematis, plums, weigelias,...."




Tour 5/5 - Nader's Garden Noe Valley

Nader's Garden, 210-3pm:

The elegant and masculine city garden of Nader Meykedah. A personal garden designed equally for living and enjoying from the deck. The living structural elements frame an abundance of greens and flowers. The garden is shared by Nader's adorable dogs, Paris and Coco.



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